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The man who was behind the wheel of a car during a New Year’s Day 2016 crash on Key Biscayne that killed a teen girl will be spending four years in prison and will never drive again.
Isaias Medina pleaded guilty Friday in the crash that killed 18-year-old Daniela Benavides Sanmiguel. He was sentenced to four years in state prison followed by one year of community control and 10 years of probation, and will have his driver’s license suspended for life.
It was tense in court Friday as the families of Medina and Sanmiguel attended the hearing.
Medina had been charged with vehicular homicide, driving without a license and reckless driving in the crash. Medina, who was 17 when the crash happened, was initially charged as a juvenile but was later charged as an adult.
Investigators say Medina crashed a Porsche into a light pole along Crandon Boulevard and Harbor Drive on New Year’s Day. Sanmiguel, a passenger in the car, was killed in the impact.
Police said Medina was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and was speeding. One neighbor told police the sports car raced by and then she heard a loud bang.